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WAKING THE WITCH Boys From The Abattoir (2007)

Waking The Witch

This band are one of the joys of discovering new music as their second album was a stunning mix of acoustic arrangements and divine vocals. How they are not better known is a mystery although this second album coupled with an award at the Classic Rock Society, namely Acoustic Roots Performer of the Year 2006, their profile is on the up.

This time around they have nabbed Embrace's producer Dave Creffield plus some name guests including Big Country's Bruce Watson (he guests on 'Me Leaving Me', a sublime piece and his guitar parts weave well into the tune). There are so many delights from 'Spring Song' which reminds you of classic Joni Mitchell through to 'Look Right Back' where you can see where they get their 'indie acoustic/folk' tag from.

But my personal pick is the album closer 'Yorkshire Boy', fun lyrics and mandolin - can't go wrong! Sound wise it is perfect as it allows each of the four vocals to shine and you can pick out each instrument. Compared to the last album this one sees a wider range of instruments used and a slightly edgier sound.

Put simply if you like harmony filled acoustic music then BUY THIS NOW! If you like bands like Shaw/Blades, the Thorns and Joni Mitchell this will amaze and delight your ears. How they will beat this on album number four remains to be seen but it will be worth the wait.


Review by Jason Ritchie


Best of 2007

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
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** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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